Zion sets visitation record, highlighting crowding concerns

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP)-- Zion National Park has already set a new visitation record with a month left to go in 2017, a milestone that highlights concerns about overcrowding at the iconic red-rock landscape.

The Spectrum newspaper in St. George reported Thursday that 4.4 million people visited the park through the end of November, which is a nearly 5 percent increase over last year.

Attendance at Zion has risen steadily over the past decade. It's up some 70 percent since 2010, when there were 2.7 million visitors for the year.

The new numbers come as park officials weigh a first-of-its kind reservation system and the National Park Service considers hiking fees to $70 per car during the peak summer season at several popular parks, including Zion.

Other Utah parks, including Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, are also setting records.


Information from: The Spectrum

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